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Flying On A Wave - The Basics Of Kite Surfing In Texas

Aug 17, 2007
It looks easy on TV. A kite, instead of a boat, pulling you across vast expanses of water. Kite surfing, also known as fly surfing or kiteboarding, uses the power of a kite to pull the rider through the water on a small surfboard, a wakeboard, or a kiteboard.

A kitesurfer uses a board with foot-straps or bindings, combined with the power of a large controllable kite to propel himself or herself and the board across the water. However, this simplicity also makes kitesurfing challenging. A kitesurfer's body is the only connection between the kite and the board. The surfer pilots the kite while he or she steers the board on the water.

And while the sport is still in its infancy, it's rapidly growing in popularity throughout Texas and nationally. In 2006, the number of kitesurfers was estimated at 150,000 to 200,000 in the U.S.

Many riding styles have evolved to suit different types of riders and conditions, such as wake style, wave riding, freestyle, jumping, and cruising. If you're looking for a new water sport, you might think about trying kitesurfing. Kitesurfing is an interesting blend of surfing, water skiing and kite flying that will definitely challenge you to learn new skills. This is also a great sport if you want to try something new, or if you're trying to set yourself apart from the other people on the water.

Kitesurfing is growing in popularity, so you should soon be able to find kitesurfers on many of the major lakes and beaches throughout Texas and in other states where windsurfing is already very popular. If you're trying to figure out if you'd like to try this sport, you should definitely look for kitesurfers near you to learn more about whether or not it is the sport for you. After that, you should try to find an instructor.

While kitesurfing is original enough to be considered its own sport, it is also considered to be a more extreme form of windsurfing. This is due to the fact that it shares a lot in common with windsurfing, and in fact, most of the first kitesurfers used to be windsurfers.

For kitesurfing, you will need a board that is similar in size and shape to a wakeboard. In fact, some people actually use real wakeboards in order to go kitesurfing. Next, you will need a special kite. Of course, an ordinary kite will likely not catch nearly enough wind in order to pull you. Therefore, you'll need one of the kitesurfing kites. Another benefit of these is that they are also generally inflatable, so they should float if they hit the water.

Kitesurfers surf across the top of the waves and hold onto the kite. The kite is, in fact, where most of the push comes from.

The biggest objective in kitesurfing is usually to do elaborate tricks, and to see how high and how long one can jump off of the waves. Since the kite is usually pulling upward, it is possible to get pretty far off the surface of the water.

In order to do well at kitesurfing, you will need various skills that have to do with several other watersports. For instance, water skiing and wakeboarding are useful to know how to deal with being towed by your hands. Windsurfing is useful so that you will know how to deal with a water sport that depends on how much wind is available.

Sports such as kitesurfing can be a great way to exercise to maintain good health.
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Pat Carpenter writes for Precedent Insurance Company. Precedent puts a new spin on health insurance. Learn more at Precedent.com
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